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? and the fear? change we can believe in. in his first foreign policy crisis, did president obama lead his team or was it better to watch than not control? or did he have a hidden hand? and finally, calling jeb bush. why republicans pining for this guy. is it a problem with mitt? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john heilemann. gloria borger from cnn. "the washington post's" anne kornblut and "washington post" david ignatius. the revolution that overthrew hosni mubarak was a victory for democracy and in many ways for the obama administration in its first foreign policy crisis. the president talked about the historic change. >> there are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. this is one of those moments. this is one of those times. the people of ejent have spoken. -- eegypt have spoken. their voices have been heard and egypt will never be the same. chris: david, this is very tricky for the president, wasn't it? this whole episode. >> the president faced a delicate problem. starting two weeks ago which
a breakdown last summer that left 1,200 people stranded for hours in the sweltering heat. >>> president obama and republicans in agreement that the federal budget needs to be slashed. in his weekly address the president said when he unveils his budget proposal on monday he will aim to freeze domestic spending for the next five years, a move that would save $400 billion. he will also look to get rid of unused government buildings and also to freeze the salaries of government workers. that's not all. this morning the associated press reports the president will propose major cuts to a government financial aid plan citing the source within the administration ap says president obama will cut billions over the pell grant program the next decade. pell grants are for college students for low income families >> time is 9:07. first lady michelle obama making headlines with her advice on love. >>> also ahead, another sign that sarah palin could be making a run for the white house. >>> and health concerns at the "playboy" mansion. the symptoms plaguing people that led to a health investigation. >>> and m
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ sdloo this morning on "early today," rethinking reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on the call for a new leadership in egypt. >>> drug tragedy along the border with mexico claims the live of at least two americans. border with mexico claims the live of at least two americans. >>> and handbag hero. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt, calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition to power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egypt protesters accept the timetable for his stepdown remains to be seen. >> good morning, everyone. according to the country's constitution, that would trigger an election and given what's going on there right now. there are questions as to whether they could organize free and fair elections in such a short period of time. but the government is doing something to appease these protesters. the new cabinet has allevi
impact does he have on democrats like president obama? joining us, more from james baker, reagan's chief of staff, former reagan speech writer peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea mitchell. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. we go first live to cairo where nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is joining us again live on the scene in cairo. richard, what is the latest there? >> reporter: there appear to have been major breakthroughs after negotiations today between members of the opposition and the vice president of egypt. according to a government statement that we just received, egypt has made several very significant concessions. one, two end the emergency law that has been in place in this country since 1981 as soon as security on the ground here permits. two, to allow more candidates to run for president, to allow greater freedom of the press , o suspend future meetings of parliament until allegations of corruption and electoral fraud are flushed out, to respect and appreciate
with that part of the story. >> thanks. >> reporter: the obama administration still considering what to do. not actioning. even though critics complain that president obama needs to do more to stop the crisis in a nation that produces as much oil as we do in the entire gulf of mexico. so far he's waiting. president obama again issued a warning. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. >> reporter: backers of libyan strong man moammar gadhafi are defiant. the day after the dictator vowed to crush the rebellion, h power is slipping. and his nation is split. rebels now control eastern libya. some libyan soldiers have defected. >> we are behind the people. >> reporter: gadhafi backers blame the west. and many americans are leaving, a dozen or two getting out on a dutch plane, many more tonight on a ferry. amid the chaos, u.s. and european diplomats and their families worried about being hurt or held hostage. the crisis is driving up gasoline prices. $3.69 in chicago. crude oil as $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008. libya is a big producer. but big oil's deals with gadhafi
leadership tests for president obama, as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view. this morning, how will the standoff in wisconsin end? and is the fight there with the unions about ideology or shared sacrifice? >> not just about the budget, now and into the future, not just about jobs or workers, this is ultimately about the future of our state. >> my guests, a man at the center of the storm, embattled republican governor, scott walker. >>> also the future of the middle east remains in doubt as libya's brutal dictator cracks down on protesters. >> these actions violate international norms and every stander of common decency. this violence must stop. >> what's next? and has the administration done enough? joining me this morning from the site of such unrest earlier this month, cairo, egypt, the ranking member on the senate armed services committee. republican john mccain. >>> then our political roundtable, what rising oil costs could mean to our own economy. can washington avoid a government shutdown over spending? and the rhetorical start to 2012, leading republic
me ask you about the united states' influence at this point. you have been critical of the obama administration for not having a consistent message. what influence is the administration having an events there? >> well, i think the u.s., of course, has close ties to the u.s., but they are not going to determine the events in the streets of egypt. but i think, you know, everybody expects them to stand up for the basic universal values, freedom, democracy, rule of law, human rights and the u.s. at the beginning has been behind the curve. i think they caught up in the last few days, but the special representative made the statement yesterday saying president mubarak must stay in power. that came down here like a piece of lead. then it was denied by the white house. you know, it was retracted by the white house. i think what people expect is not that the u.s. will effect change in u.s. but they have to be very clear that they are on the side of the people for freedom and democracy, for egypt to move to what i call the second republic, a move from an authoritarian system into democracy
on the street could avoid a government shutdown. we'll tell you all about that and coach obama. today, the leader of the free world led a bunch of 9-year-old girls. we'd love to see your windy weather pictures as well. send those pictures of what's happening in your neighborhood to >>> tonight the violence continues in libya. this morning police attacked a protest encampbellment in the city of ben gaghazi. 84 killed in three days of protests. moammar gadhafi, calling for him to step down. >>> the house worked late into the night to pass a sweeping new spending bill that cuts more than $60 billion from federal programs. the $1.2 trillion spending measure includes cuts to schools, nutrition -- housing spub subsidies for the poor and plans to chine up the chesapeake bay. the big passed. it will now go to the senate where it's less likely to pass. many expect a temporary budget to pass, though, to avoid a government shutdown march 4th. >>> still to come tonight, continuing coverage of the dangerous winds battering the metro area. and tom sherwood is going to join us to talk about his very
is president obama. i'm not sure that boehner comes off that well. on this business of shutting down the government, we are talking about the political effects of it. there is a country here to run. whoever gets the blame for shutting down the government, we are a country at war. we have people at war in iraq and afghanistan, and you are going to shut down the government? the public at large is going to be very negative and it is vital which side gets the blame for shutting it down. >> you are 65, 70 or 80 years old. you go to the mail box and your check hasn't come in for social security. who do you blame? >> i think they are going to blame whoever is in office. people are set up. they are saying i cut back on my spending. my family is making sacrifices. i can no longer use my homes a ena a.t.m. machine. they say i changed this in my personal life. why can't the government do the same? chris: our regulars, including john, who is here, if there is a government-shut-down, who would win the p.r. win? >> 11 say the president wins. only one, peggy noonan says wall street wins. are you th
them. why didn't president obama, why didn't tom donovan, why didn't the people around the president say what's going on in egypt? that guy is 83. what will happen next? >> in fairness, they were getting warning signals. he had the egypt working group ahead for some time. there were instabilities. be prepared for this. what he was going to do about it to prepare, what were they going to do? press harder, talk about it more? there were signs the precise timing, the catalysts for it they didn't know. you're right, they didn't upset. the hill is upset. chris: we have all of these groups out there at the national democratic convention, soft groups to encourage democracy, teach people how to win elections and all, didn't they know about the social media going on over there with facebook and organizing? >> i think maybe there's a false premise here that if you know what's going on, we can do something about it. >>y. >> what can we do? chris: who would we be rooting for right now? who would be bank rolling? >> to some extent america rooting for somebody is the surist way it get that person
, news 4, back to you. >> thank you, darcy. >>> president barack obama is facing some difficult budget decisions that could affect medicare, medicaid and social security benefits for millions of americans. the president says he's willing to work with republicans on entitlement programs. but his newly released budget does not include several major recommendations from a special budget commission. one of the big omissions involves the call for massive reform of social security. including gradual retirement age increase to the age of 69, in the year 2075. that's up from the current range of 65 to 67 years. steve handelsman joins us now with more on the budget battle. he's on capitol hill. steve? >> thanks, good evening. in the big news conference, president obama complained that too many people want too much too fast on this. he said before we can take a big bite out of our big budget problem, our big deficit problem, our big problem with debt, we've got to take small steps that he said will teach democrats and republicans here on capitol hill to work better together. buffetted by a storm
couple and their daughter. >>> tomorrow president obama will roll out his 2012 budget but the political fighting is already under way. republicans say the president is not cutting enough, but the gop is not fighting the president. they are fighting each other over the bottom line. brian mohr. >> reporter: president obama is about to unveil his 2012 budget, it would slash $1 trillion in spending over a decade. >> this budget asks washington to live within its means while at the same time investing in our future. >> republicans say investing is code for spending. >> this isn't winning the future. this is spending the future. >> reporter: the president is calling for cuts in the forestry service to low-income heating service and community organizers like he used to be. >> the notion we can do this painlessly is not possible. we are going to make tough choices. >> reporter: the $1 trillion in spending cuts is far short of the $4 trillion his bipartisan deficit commission suggested. >> presidents are elected to lead not punt. this president has been punting. >> reporter: the republicans figh
.s., president obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous and he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department worked to evacuate them from libya by ferry. those efforts have been delayed by weather. >>> the device in wisconsin over bargaining rights is deepening after a prank phone call that the state's governor put a spotlight on potential motives behind that controversy. here is michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, the governor has said the fight against union rights is to balance the budget. in a phone call he thought he was having with a major phone donner, walker provided his critics with evidence that his real motivation has been about crushing public unions. >> this is essentially about having the taxpayer used to pay to lobby with the taxpayer money. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: the caller was believed to be david koch. in fact, he was talking to a left leading journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> reporter: the governor's plan would force the government to contribute with pension and benefits, sev
obama said that meeting was important but not egypt's only option for democracy. and we could see egyptian demonstrations like this one in d.c. for weeks to come. protesters outside the egyptian embassy and the white house called for president mubarak to resign. about 200 people spent the name envelo night in lafayette square. >>> 4:34 is your time. later this morning we'll hear from the retired american nurse who was caught up in the protest in egypt. 76-year-old mary thornbury flew in. friends here in the u.s. networked with others in cairo to rescue her from her apartment building. the "today" show will have an exclusive interview with thornbury right after "news 4 today." >>> two americans who have been accused of spying in iran have pled not guilty. shourd has been out on bail back here at home, but the other two remain in jail in iran. shourd did not return to iran for her trial. if convicted the americans could phase ten years in prison. still not clear when the next court hearing will be. >>> new today in chile, a woman has. a search team did not find any explosives. polic
. good evening. >> the obama administration's decision to shift the legal stance on gay marriage could have huge implications in the future if the courts accept the same view. federal agencies including the irs, would not be able to discriminate against same-sex couples. in maryland, same-sex marriages could be legal by october, but despite all of this day's developments, opponents aren't ready to give up. craig melvin is joining us with the latest. >> reporter: president obama ordered the justice department the stop defending the defense of marriage act, the law that banned same-sex marriage. meanwhile, as you mentioned today in maryland, it became apparent that lawmakers are more than likely going to legalize same-sex marriage as supporters celebrate, opponents say their celebrations could be premature. the defense of marriage act defined marriage as man and woman and denied federal beb fits to married, same-sex couples. president clinton signed the act in 1996. president obama said he ordered the justice department to stop defending it because he believes it is unconstitutional. >>
president omar suleiman. but by the morning, mubarak had left cairo. >>> today president obama said we are all watching history take place. he praised the people of egypt for changing their country by nonviolent means. behind the scenes, officials are hoping the government that emerging in egypt will be one with which we can work. kristen dahlgren reports. >> reporter: it was another stunning announcement. hosni mubarak has decided to step down from presidency. egypt's power passed to the military. as crowds in cairo erupted in euphoria, president obama praised the start of transition and promised support for the egyptian people. >> this is not the end of egypt's transition. it's a beginning. i'm sure there will be difficult days ahead and many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt can find the answers. >> reporter: those answers could have wide-ranging impact. >> there's no doubt that the united states is going to be as keenly interested as the people of egypt as to who their next prime minister and who their next president is going to be. >> reporte
. president obama will also speak at today's events. congresswoman giffords remains at a rehab hospital. kelly has said that his wife is making progress. president obama will travel to penn state university. it's the next leg of his tour to promote american innovation. during this visit, he'll be talking about energy efficiency. the trip was supposed to take place yesterday, but was pushed back because of the nationwide winter storm. >>> the republicans' efforts to appeal the health care reform law has hit a dead end. we're taking a live look at the just capitol where questioned t yesterday the senate voted against repealing the law. it sets up a possible battle in the supreme court. the judges recently ruled a mandate that people were required to buy health insurance or face penalties violated the constitution. there is no word yet on what happens next, but plig experts fully expect the battle to reach the high court sooner rather than later. >>> 30 degrees out will. ahead, a power outage help police catch a man suspected in a burglary spree. >>> plus a big announcement on the massive hot lan
of whaps happened in egypt? and back home, president obama hosted a trio of republican leaders at the white house for lunch on wednesday. the common theme -- finding some areas for potential compromise. >> it was a very good lunch and we were able to find enough common ground, i think, to show the american people that we're willing to work on their behalf and willing to do it together. >> but with the president's budget being released tomorrow, will both sides be able to work together on some issues, even as battle lines over spending and the deficit take center stage? >> joining me now, the speaker of the house, representative john boehner of ohio. mr. speaker, welcome back to "meet the press." >> david, good to be with you. >> i want to talk about egypt, this is a developing story. you heard rick santorum, former senator, might run for president, voicing the view of some republicans, that we were hasty here and that the united states walked way way from a stalwart ally and we don't really know what the consequences will be. is that your view? >> well egypt has been a strong ally of the un
. going for obama in 2008. then gop mcdonald the following election. in arlington, news4. >>> senator webb is a decorated marine who served in vietnam. he was secretary of the navy under president ronald reagan. he was also a best selling author. >>> in egypt today, thousands continued to gather in cairo's main square. protesters blocked the path to parliament. the expanded protest followed a warning from egypt's vice president that the demonstrations would not be tolerated much longer. mean while they increased security along the road to the palace. protest leaders plan to march on the palace this friday. >>> still to come, lindsay lohan facing a felony because of a necklace. is she headed back to jail? >> she's in court. we'll have the latest after the break. >>> also, a feisty older lady gives robbers a run for their money. >>> more pain at the pump. could you be paying much more for gas if maryland lawmakers get their way? >>> i'm liz crenshaw. the tricks of the trade for valentines brunch. >>> news4 at 5:00 -- >> is just getting started. [ male announcer ] from maryland to the mall an
. >>> president obama has given up one of his bad habits. >>> eggs, good old eggs are changing, and they may be better for your diet. >>> what you got, lindsey? >> maybe the cleveland cavaliers should have some. the terps glad to have a game tomorrow night. prepare for a shark invasion at >>> an explosion at a petroleum plant near houston sent flames shooting 100 feet into the air this afternoon. it happened just after 2:00 p.m. heavy fire continues there at this hour. so far, no reports of any injuries, but one person may be missing. company officials say it is natural gas that's burning and it is not an environmental hazard. no word right now on what may have started this fire. >>> now, some jarring surveillance video out of turkey. we warn you, it shows the moment that a truck slams into the side of a bus full of passengers. first passengers were just sitting and talking onboard the bus and then looked out the window and saw a huge truck headed toward them. it was too late for anybody to get out of the way. it happened last friday. the stunned bus driver picked himself up and staggered ou
president obama will meet with house democratic leaders to discuss the budget and figure out more ways to reduce the federal deficit. meanwhile the president scored a big win with the budget as the house voted to kill funding for a jet engine the pentagon says it doesn't need. the house stripped funding for an alternative engine for the f-35 fighter jet and moved that defense secretary rob gert gates says could save $3 billion. the plant developing the engine is in ohio near house speaker john boehner's district. >>> also today, president obama's status will read excited to meet with zuckerberg today. the president is flying out to san francisco to meet facebook founder mark zuckerberg and other technology business leaders. the west coast trip is all about creating jobs and improving education on high tech jobs. the white house says the meeting is part of the president's plan to improve his relationship with the business community. >>> 5:04. a grand jury is preparing to look in to sex abuse allegations against redskins line man albert haynesworth. his attorney meanwhile is fighting bac
of suspected burglars. >>> this morning, some heavy reading for lawmakers after president obama releases his $3 trillion budget plans. >>> and a nice valentine's day surprise. very mild weather, but tom kierein says watch out for that wind. "news 4 midday" begins right now. >>> good morning and happy valentine's day. welcome to "news 4 midday," i'm barbara harrison. it's monday, february 14th, 2011. >>> and we begin this morning with a police shoot-out in northwest d.c. this is exclusive home video of police cornering a burglary suspect. in the end, one of those suspects was killed, another injured after the late-night incident. it all started with a call about a home invasion at 12th and irving streets northeast. news 4's tracee wilkins has been on the scene all morning and has the latest for us. >> reporter: d.c. police are still on the scene here, investigating this homicide from last night after a shoot-out between suspects and police. this as one of the suspects is brought back to the scene. >> reporter: around 9:00 a.m., police brought one of the burglary suspects back out to the scene of
and took urgent notice. as president obama put it today, egypt will never be the same. cairo is still roiling with excitement and celebration where richard engle again begins our coverage. richard, what a day and good evening. >> reporter: good evening. there are still people out in the streets. they are cheering. they are saying can "with our souls, with our blood, we sacrificedor egypt." and they believe with this popular uprising, that is exactly what they have done. the people have risen up and toppled a police state. it was supposed to be a day of defiance. after friday prayers, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in tahrir square. they had a message for president mubarak. no compromise. they would not accept mubarak's plan to remain in office while transferring authority to his vice president. but by mid-morning the army seemed to be backing mubarak saying it would guarantee his promises of reform would be carried out, and sending a message. the army would make sure people got democracy, but now go home. but the demonstrators didn't give up. and by the afternoon they
hurdles and now for her, the sky's the limit. >>> also tonight his wife says president obama has quit, though not his day job. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> we're following a high stakes stand-off thousands of miles from where we are. here's what's going on. the crowds in the main square in cairo just got bigger again today. they say they will leave when president hosni mubarak leaves. the problem is, the regime isn't going to end. mubarak isn't going anywhere for a while. and he said tonight egypt can't put up with these protests for a long time. at stake, control of egypt. the future of that country and both sides are well aware of that. again tonight we go first to our chief foreign correspondent richard engel in cairo. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. this stand-off could be heading back to a confrontation 37 tonight the government put down a marker, it said it can't tolerate indefinite demonstration, but the protests are getting bigger. crowds in tahrir square swelled to hundreds of thousands again, the bigges
at president obama and didn't hold back today. he spoke at the conservative political action conference here in washington. and called the president weak and an ineffective manager of the economy. >> today's misery is real unemployment, home foreclosures, bankruptcy. this is the obama misery index, and it is the aaa record high, and it is going to take a lot more new rhetoric to put americans back to work. it's going to take a new president. >> romney didn't say he would run for president. instead choosing to speak hype thektally, but his wife said she would like to see him in the white house. >>> this was white house press secretary robert gibbs' last day on the job. president obama made a rare appearance in the press room today to wish gibbs well. the president also returned a tie. president obama borrowed it from gibbs for his obama speech at the democratic convention back in 2004 way before he was president. gibbs will take some time off now and then join the president's re-election campaign. >>> still ahead on this friday night, what led police to an illegal moonshine operation in north
showdown. president obama proposes a plan to slash the definite is the by more than a trillion dollars. but republicans say it's pot enough. >>> and grammy gold. who were thebig winners on the recording industry's biggest who were thebig winners on the recording industry's biggest night? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> that lowe and good morning. today we begin with a new path in egypt. following weeks of protests that brought down the regime of now former president hosni mubarak, egyptians are looking to the future with a cautious optimism. egypt's army is now firmly in control and has made sweeping changes that have been so far welcomed by pro democracy protestors. military leaders have imposed martial law, dissolved the parliament and suspended the constitution. the army says it will be in charge only until elections are held, which could take place as soon as six months from now. meanwhile, normalcy is starting to return to cairo. military police moved into reopen tahrir square to traffic. and it began to air down tents in the square despite resistance from some p
the long time leader. the group wantses the obama administration to acknowledge that it's time for khadafi to leave. >>> this week, scott brown announced he was sexually abused as a child. coming up, what he says about whether he will pursue charges against his molester. >>> also, the commander in chief steps in to lead a team of 9-year-olds, we'll tell you what the president did this morning. >>> and a warning about a scam involving -- ♪ -- some lady gaga tickets ahead of thursday's concert. >> i have my tickets, i can tell you that. as far as the weather goes. blown away across the area today. almost 100 reporting stations had wind gusts of 50 miles an hour oar higher. will it be this bad tomorrow? i'll have your complete check of the forecast coming up. >>> how did javale mcgee do in the slam dunk contest? we'll tell you. and can george mason survive a bracket buster at northern iowa? >>> there will be no service on the blue and orange lines between metro center plaza. that means the triangle stations will be closed. crews will be doing track work. there could be major delays on the r
bombings called the deal, quote, crazy. >>> president obama unveiled his 2012 budget yesterday. gop law mraeshgs say the reductions just don't go far enough. nbc's brian moore reports. >> 200 some pages, $3.7 trillion. this is president obama's 2012 spending plan. you guys are doing great work. keep it up. i'm proud of you. >> reporter: and at a middle school in baltimore, he fires a first shot in the battle over budget cuts. we have a responsibility to invest in those areas that will have the biggest impact in our future. >> referee: he wants to invest in education and other areas, like research, building nuclear power plants and encouraging electric cars. republicans say america just can't afford it. >> it's a plan that says fulfilling the president's vision of a future of trains and windmills is more important than a balanced checkbook. >> reporter: the president's plan cuts $1 trillion from the deficit over ten years, cuts in defense, community block grants and home heating assistance programs to the poor. even the white house acknowledges its budget isn't the final word. brian moor
, the obama administration has suspended some high level contact wes pakistan and may downgrade the status of an upcoming diplomatic meeting. u.s. officials say it's an attempt to pressure pakistan to release an american diplomate. washington insists the man has diplomatic immunity and shot the pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gun point. >>> first lady michelle obama confirms the president has given up his decades long smoking habit saying, quote, it's been almost a year since he lit up. layer today, mrs. obama will be on the "today" show with her campaign to end childhood obesity. >>> cell phone video shows the terrifying moment when a vehicle crashed with a truck. judging by the impact, officials say it's incredible no one was killed. >>> and a new poll weighs in on what super power most americans would love to have. topping the list are time travel and mind reading. flying came in third followed by the ability to telepost and be invisible. i'll pick all of them. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,233 after
. meanwhile president obama is encouraging the nation's governors to work together as the standoff over union rights of budget cuts in wisconsin enters a third week. tracie potts joins us live from washington with more. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. protesters may have been forced out of wisconsin's state capitol, but their budget battle continues with democrats hiding out across state lines preventing a vote on what the governor says could cost them 1500 jobs. he wants to make deep cuts including cutting collective bargaining for state employees. governor scott walker on "meet the press" says if they don't act soon, the state could lose $155 billion by tomorrow. i should say million dollars by tomorrow. now, here in washington, they're focusing on the budget, also. there will be a government shutdown by friday, democrats and republicans trying to come up with a compromise that at some point looks like it may include extending the current budget for another two weeks, but with $4 billion in cuts. the problem is they're looking at the smallest part of the budget and over the weekend we
of gadhafi's regime for crimes against humanity. and for the first time today, president obama called for gadhafi to step down, saying he's lost all legitimacy there. the officials estimate more than 1,000 people in libya have been killed in the past two weeks. about 150 people attended a rally outside the white house today. the group says it's behind the protesters fighting in libya and bahrain. they still have family members overseas. >>> lots of protesters who packed dupont circle today. they showed up to rally for the union rights of wisconsin workers. it was one of dozens of demonstrations like it across the country today. so many in our area are worried that people here could soon lose their bargaining rights. >> reporter: they filled dupont circle, showing solidarity with those in wisconsin. a plan by the state's governor to bar organized labor among state work irs from negotiating any pay raises beyond inflation is union busting. the governor says it's about deficit busting. >> what we're doing right now is not about union busting at all. it's about balancing our budget. >> re
on youtube. it's the second anniversary of the obama stimulus plan. the debt has increased. unemployment is still over 9%. the president says the stimulus worked. >> we're now growing again. we've seen 1.3 million jobs added in the private sector since i've been president. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clock is ticking. two weeks until the government could shut down. to prevent that, democrats asked boehner to agree to short-term economy. >> now he's resort to go threats to do that without any negotiation. >> reporter: but the speaker says no deal unless democrats and president obama agree to republican spending cuts. i'm steve handelsman nbc capitol hill. >>> meanwhile, demonstrators in wisconsin have chosen a tactic. they fled the state yesterday, reportedly checking into an illinois hotel. majority republicans need just one of the 14 democrats to show up for a quorum, which would allow them to vote on and pass the now stalled proposal. the plan would curb the bargaining rights of unions in order to make immediate budget cuts. thousands of workers have come out in protests, including tea
, president obama will be meeting with democratic governors. job creation will be dominating the conversation. >>> and introducing a bill to keep the federal offices running. and now, from capitol hill with the latest. eric. >> reporter: one week that is all the time the congress has to come with a funding solution. everybody here on the hill is sensitive to how important it is to keep the government running right now. at this moment, a federal government shutdown seems less likely. there is a lot of haggling to be done. funding for much of the government expires on march 4th. there are a couple of short term packages being discussed to keep workers working as well. a couple of weeks, a month past the deadline this is all to avoid the potential impact that could be devastating to our region. >> hundreds of thousands of people depend on the work of the federal government. >> you have a direct confrontation between the president and the congress in 1995. this time, i suspect that anything that senate will agree to, the president will sign. >> reporter: some consensus is building about cuts for
, this nation pays a heavy price. ron allen, nbc news, cairo. >> the obama administration put into pressure on egypt today to come up with new reforms good ev evening to you. >> reporter: good evening. the president except part of his day on the phone and getting an update from the staff in egypt. at a prevyutly scheduled summit in germany, today secretary of state, clinton, addressed the progress and she warned that elements within egypt may try to derail reform. >> concrete steps that people who are engaged in it can believe is moving toward and outcome that will permit an orderly establishment of the elections that are scheduled for september. and that takes some time. >> reporter: but who would lead egypt during that time? while president obama and other u.s. officials have not publicly called for president mubarak to step down, in recent days they have left little doubt about it. >> he should be asking himself, how do i leave a legacy behind in which egypt is able to get through this transformative period. and i hope that he will end up making the right decision. >> reporter: today fra
: president obama has urged compromise. with the debt at record levels, republicans think this time, the public is behind them. with the clock ticking and neither side ready to blink, we could find out. if there were a government shutdown, military would stay active. new applicants to social security could see delays. >>> in wisconsin, protests are expected to resume at the state house in madison. prounion are protesting against a bill to stril employees their right for collective bargaining. teachers retu teachers -- democratic lawmakers refuse to return until they say they can negotiate on the bill. >>> kwame brown is catching heat for costing the city $1,900 a month for car rentals, this is the second vehicle the city is paying for, the first was returned because it didn't have the right interior color. brown told the post, he accepts full responsibility for the situation. >>> in the midwest, winter is far from over. blizzard-like conditions are causing delays at local airports. reagan national airport, several flights to detroit and minneapolis are cancelled orb delayed this mor
. >>> today president obama fired back at critics who say his proposed budget for 2012 does not do enough to reduce the deficit fmplts he said the spending plan would stop running up the charges on our national credit card. and it could pave the way to a bipartisan deal to cut entitlements, such as medicare. steve handelsman has the lacest. >> reporter: buffetted by a storm of criticism, president obama defended his new plan to cut the deficit. >> we're not going to be running up the credit card anymore. that's important. and that's hard to do. >> reporter: he admits he would use a scalpel, not a machete, to cut some discretionary programs. the spending in green, not the big wedge in yellow, entitlements, social security and especially medicare and medicaid, all headed deep into the red. the president's own deficit commission demanded entitlements be cut immediately. the "washington post" calls the obama approach a punt, essentially giving up. house speaker john boehner demanded entitlement cuts this year. >> republicans will not punt. everything's on the table. >> reporter: president oba
recovering from her attack in cairo. president obama called her to express his concerns yesterday. a source close to logan says she has already vowed that she will return to reporting. >>> this morning a grand jury is preparing to look into sex abuse allegations against albert haynesworth. his attorney is fighting back against the claims that he acted inappropriately at the rooftop bar at the w hotel. tracee wilkins has the latest. >> reporter: this is all happening very quickly considering that the incident happened just last sunday and this jury is expected to convene tomorrow. this is proof that d.c. prosecutors are quickly getting their case together and as to is haynesworth's attorney. d.c. prosecutors are subpoenaing witnesses who will tell a grand jury on bring what they say happen on the rooftop of the bar here at the w hoe it tell this past sunday. according to a police report, a waitress who works in the bar is alleging that haynesworth began it came recent her breasts while tucking his credit card into her blouse. police are calling it sexual abuse. haynesworth's attorney a. scot
on financial need. president obama said the government needs to tighten its belt just like a family would in tough economic times. but republicans say even with all those cuts, it's not enough to reduce the federal geoff sit. >> it cuts what we can't afford to pay for what we cannot do without. >> that's what families do in hard times, and that's what our country has to do as well. >> what's really dangerous is if we continue to do nothing and allow the status quo to stay in place. when are we going to get serious about cutting spending? >> despite the deficit, neither side has come up with a plan to cut the two biggest entitlement programs, medicare and social security. >>> also today, president obama will be in baltimore visiting parkville middle school. he's discuss making stupids more competitive as part of his winning the future promise. the middle school focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. a white house spokesperson says the president feels this school is an example of one that needs continuous investment. >>> 6:07. the speech therapy for congresswoman gabrielle gi
president obama delivers his 2012 budget proposal to congress. the plan suggests more than $1 trillion in cuts. it includes a five-year domestic spending freeze slashing $78 billion from defense spending and $100 billion from college pell grants which are based on financial need. president obama says the go government needs to tighten its belt in tough economic times. republicans say even with all these cuts, it is not enough. >> it cuts what we can't afford to pay for what we cannot do without. that's what families do in hard times. and that's what our country has to do as well. >> what's really dangerous is if we continue to do nothing and allow the status quo to stay in place. when are we going to get serious about cutting spending? >> despite the $14 trillion deficit, neither side has come up with a plan to cut the two biggest entitlement programs, medicare and social security. >>> also today, the president will talk about making students more competitive about winning the future promise. the school focuses on science, engineering and math. the president feels that this school is a
on behalf of his wife who was wounded in a mass shooting in tucson last month. president obama will also speak at the event. congresswoman giffords remains at a rehappen hospital in houston. kelly has said that his wife is making progress. >>> also on the schedule today, better ben narky is speaking at the national press club at 12:30 and will take some questions. most of those in the audience of course will be journalists. >>> it's 5:07. 30 degrees out there. ahead tough choices in northern virginia where cuts to public safety are on the table. >> also this morning it's ice cold and the roads are pretty treacherous. weather and traffic after the break. >>>and next, too much to take. a building buckles under a lot of snow. >>> take a look at this this amazes video from easton, massachusetts. a building just collapses. officials say a month's worth of snow collected and it couldn't hold it. employees say they saw debris falling and realized the roof was caving if on them. everybody got out in time and no one was hurt. >> a t. doesn't even look like there's really that much snow up will. i
for the annual meeting of the national governor's soerk, that meeting starts tomorrow. today, president obama will be meeting with governors for a dozen states and the american somoa. job creation will dominate the conversation. >> republicans have demanded the cuts to help prevent a federal shutdown as of march 4th. among the protential reductions, funding for earmark projects that have already been approved. cuts proposed by president obama, including the elimination of a program for a jet fighter. >>> as libya moves closer to civil war, at least 300 are dead in that city alone. in the mideast, iraq has seen protests, the prime minister warns that they are targets of terrorist groups plans to attack them with suicide bombs. >>> the tankers were taking fuel to nato forces in afghanistan. 15 militants armed with rockets and guns caused a massive fire. militants often target supply targets, and in recent years, destroyed hundreds of vehicles. >>> a hearing took place for detained american raymond davis, the cia contractor is accused of killing two pakistani men. he claims the men were trying t
obama opened his speech at the national prayer breakfast talking about the ongoing situation overseas. he said he is praying for the people of egypt and hopes the violence will end soon. >> we're also mindful of the violence that we're now seeing in the middle east. and we pray that the violence in egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the egyptian people will be realized and that a better day will dawn over egypt and throughout the world. >> joining president obama at the breakfast was congresswoman gabby giffords' husband mark kelly. the president said that he wanted them to know that, quote, we and god are with them for the long haul. >>> and while the riots in egypt go into their tenth day, there continue to be rallies in and around d.c. a rally supporting the people of egypt will take place later today at the state department. that's where aaron gilchrist is right now. >> reporter: that rally is expected to begin around noon today. several groups coming together. they say they're calling for democracy in egypt, not dictatorship. so they'll gather here outside the
at news 4. tomorrow, president obama will roll out his 2012 budget. the budget includes more than $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. those cuts are a lot less than the $4 trillion suggested by the president's own bipartisan deficit reduction commission. republicans say that the cuts do not go deep enough. >>> also, starting tomorrow you might want to leave the house early if you plan on using one woodbridge commuter line. the lot just south of potomac mills mall will only have 275 spaces available now. there used to be 1,000 there. the mall needs those parking spaces because it's adding more shops and restaurants. that lot sits on private land owned by the mall. >>> and thousands won't have to worry about finding parking this week. this is national telework week. an effort to get agencies and workers to go green. that means many will be working from home this week. teleworking saves companies money, reduces commuter costs, and helps people balance work and personal lives. according to the official site for national telework week, more than 36,000 people have pledged t
outreach from president obama, national security adviser, secretary of state clinton urging that restraint and encouraging what is now transpiring which seems to be the pull back of the military forces, and now real effort to engage the opposition in a broad based dialogue that will enable the people's aspiration to be discussed. >> can the government survive in bahrain? >> david, i wouldn't want to be in the business of predictions in this very volatile environment. we've seen change so rapidly. what we're encouraging governments in the region to do is recognize this is a yearning for change and reform. it needs to be respected. they need to get ahead of it by leading rather than being pushed. >> among our arab allies, according to diplomat its talked to they criticize what they see as inconsistencies on the part of mr. aviation. by his actions the magazine writes mr. obama put other authoritarian allies on notice. he thinks that even pro western autocracies that fail to reform deserve to die. but how much reform? how many people are enough? to judge by the gale rat technology arab world
costs. >>> today president obama will send his budget proposal for 2012 to congress. it includes more than $1 trillion in cuts. but republicans say he needs to cut even more. nbc's mike viqueira has more details on how the plan will reduce deficits. >> reporter: even as the obama budget was being readied for release, the president warned it will reveal some painful choices on spending. >> it cuts what we can't afford to pay for what we cannot do without. that's what families do in hard times. and that's what our country has to do as well. >> reporter: top officials said the plan will put a dent in now record debt and deficits. >> we have a responsible budget that will cut in half the deficit by the end of the president's first time. >> reporter: it would freeze domestic spending for five years, including a new fighter engine and more c-17s. cut $100 billion from college pell grant in part by ending payments for summer school. take $2.5 billion or 50% from low-income heating assistance. and limit the mortgage interest deduction for the wealthy. along with other cuts, it adds up to more
. secretly the obama administration is in high-level talks to get mubarak to step down now. but one concern lingers. >> egypt is a key country in the ar area. >> reporter: mubarak said yesterday if he leaves now, his country will plunge deep near chaos so he wants to stay until the end of his term in september. the 10,000 protesters say now is the time. the obama administration is pushing for egypt's vice president to head a new coalition government that includes the protesters and we are working to get more information about what the obama administration may be encouraging the mubarak regime to do. we will have that at the bottom of the hour. >> aaron gilchrist in our newsroom. thank you. >>> this morning, we are hearing more and more stories of foreign journalists getting attacked in cairo. a reporter with abc says an angry group of men threatened to behead him and his colleagues. anderson cooper was attacked a second time. two "washington post" journalists were also detained but we learned this morning that they have since been released. this video is just in to news4. a local woman shot
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